God achieves all his purpose and fulfills his every hope,
God who can overtake the winged eagle, or upon the sea
outstrip the dolphin;
and he bends the arrogant heart of many a man,
But gives to others eternal glory that will never fade. Now for me
Is it needful that I shun the fierce and biting tooth of slanderous words.
For from old have I seen sharp-tongued Archilochus in want and struggling,
Grown fat on the harsh words of hate.
The best that fate can bring is wealth
joined with the happy gift of wisdom.
θεὸς ἅπαν ἐπὶ ἐλπίδεσσι τέκμαρ ἀνύεται,
θεός, ὃ καὶ πτερόεντ᾽ αἰετὸν κίχε, καὶ θαλασ-
δελφῖνα, καὶ ὑψιφρόνων τιν᾽ ἔκαμψε βροτῶν,
ἑτέροισι δὲ κῦδος ἀγήραον παρέδωκ᾽. ἐμὲ δὲ χρεὼν
φεύγειν δάκος ἀδινὸν κακαγοριᾶν.
εἶδον γὰρ ἑκὰς ἐὼν τὰ πόλλ᾽ ἐν ἀμαχανίᾳ
ψογερὸν Ἀρχίλοχον βαρυλόγοις ἔχθεσιν
πιαινόμενον: τὸ πλουτεῖν δὲ σὺν τύχᾳ πό-
τμου σοφίας ἄριστον.
Pindar (c. 522 – c. 443 BC) Pythian 2